Join us Friday March 7, 2014 at Hilton Garden Inn in West Monroe for the 1st annual CARE Auction. The auction will be from 5:30pm-8:30pm and is Open to the Public. This will be a Silent Auction and all proceeds will benefit GO CARE. GO CARE, a non-profit organization, provides HIV supportive and prevention services for Northeast Louisiana. There will be heavy Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and music. Items include artwork by local artist, vacation travel packages and autographed sport and music memorabilia along with decorative items. To view a listing of items click on 2014 Care Auction tab. The web listing will be updated as more items are received. Payments accepted are Master Card, Visa, Discover, American Express, Cash, and Checks. For more information call our office at (318) 325-1092.
The 25th annual observance of World AIDS Day will take place Sunday, December 1, 2013 with a Candlelight Memorial at the Anna Gray Noe Park, across from St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe. The Candlelight Memorial will open from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. A moment of remembrance will be held at 7:00p.m. within the park. A candle will be lit for every person in the twelve parishes in Northeast Louisiana who has died from HIV complications. As of September 30, 2013, there were reported 722 deaths in this region. The community is invited to come and see the exhibit.
World AIDS Day was first held December 1, 1988 as a day of compassion, hope, solidarity and understanding about AIDS worldwide. It is the only day recognized internationally in memory of those who have lost their lives to this disease and in compassion for those who are living with this disease. It is also about raising awareness, education and fighting prejudice. World AIDS Day reminds people that HIV has not gone and there are still many things to be done.
The theme for World AIDS Day is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS Free Generation. Looking for ways you can take action around World AIDS Day ? Here are a few simple, powerful, and engaging ways:
•Get tested for HIV.
•Talk with your health care provider about your risks for HIV.
Learn about the risk factors for acquiring HIV.
•Decide not to engage in high risk behaviors.
•Practice safer methods to prevent HIV.
•Talk about HIV prevention with family, friends, and colleagues.
The Louisiana Office of Public Health reports that as of September 30, 2013 there were approximately 19,087 persons living with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana. Of that number 30% were women. In Northeast Louisiana, there is a reported 1,007 persons living with HIV/AIDS, with 34% of them being women. Of the 722 deaths that have occurred, four were below the age of 18.
The World AIDS Day Candlelight Memorial at Anna Gray Noe Park is intended to give the community an opportunity to spend time remembering their friends and family members who have died from AIDS and those who are living with HIV/AIDS.
The public is invited to join in World AIDS Day Activities. For additional information, contact Richard Womack, 318-325-1092
Whether positive or negative, it’s important that everyone know their HIV status. If you are HIV positive, an early diagnosis can make a big difference in your health outcomes, including whether your virus progresses to AIDS. According to guidelines from the National Institutes of Health, antiretroviral treatment is recommended for all people living with HIV. If you are negative, continue to take actions to protect yourself. That means using condoms and getting tested regularly.
1 in 5 Americans living with HIV doesn’t know it! Here’s some simple tips to make sure you are getting tested!
SCHEDULE IT – Put a reminder notice on your calendar or smart phone and repeat annually or every six months.
SAME TIME, SAME PLACE – Some people get tested on the same day every year, such as their birthdays, the first day of a new season, anniversary, or other major milestone that are meaningful.
BRING A FRIEND, BE A FRIEND – Getting tested with someone you trust reduces the stress associated with visit and helps facilitate an open dialogue about HIV status. Whether it’s a partner, sibling, or friend, support can be the gift you give each other.
It’s time to bring HIV/AIDS out of the closet. It’s an issue in our lives – a significant issue – and we need to talk about it.
You need to talk with your sexual partners. Whether it’s about getting tested together or discussing your HIV status, find a time and place to have a real conversation where you both feel comfortable and can be open and honest. Consider how you will respond if your find out he/she is positive – or how you will tell him/her if you are. Finding out your partner is HIV positive doesn’t have to change anything. You both just need to take actions to protect one another. That means using condoms.
You need to talk with your health care provider. If you don’t feel comfortable with your health care provider, find one you are able to open up to. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If they don’t bring up testing, you need to. For gay men, the CDC recommends testing at least once a year. GO CARE offers free rapid testing.
You need to talk with your friends. by talking more about HIV/AIDS, we help to confront stigma and misinformation. The more we know about how it affects the lives of those around us, the more we understand the disease. It also shows we care and are there for each other.
A total of 18,947 persons are living with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana; of these individuals, 10,391 persons (55%) have an AIDS diagnosis.
The primary risk factor for new HIV diagnoses in Louisiana is men who have sex with men (MSM). In 2012, of the persons who reported a risk factor, 64% reported being MSM, and an additional 2% reported being MSM and an injection drug user (IDU). As of March 31, 2013, 50% of all people living with HIV infection in Louisiana were MSM.